So the other day my wife and I found a bit of time to relax and watch a movie, the movie was called “Unbroken”.
Now just so we are clear, I’m not that much of a movie fan – to be honest I find it quite tough to sit still for that long – however after hearing a few reviews here and there I thought this one might be worth watching.
“If you can take it you can make it.”
If you have not seen it yet, it’s definitely a must see. It’s the story of an athlete and Olympian who becomes a World War II hero, Louis Zamperini.
His is an amazing story, perhaps reading the book would be even better, but I’ll leave that up to you! While on a search and rescue mission with his Air Force comrades his plane crashes into the ocean, where he then has to spend 47 days on a small raft before he’s caught by the Japanese Navy. He is then put into a camp as a prisoner of war where he is forced to endure some pretty nasty stuff.
Looking at what he had to go through, he could have easily given up hope, let his mind quit on him, and let himself die, but he never broke.
He continued to push on and fight for his life.
It is definitely one powerful story and something worth watching when you get the chance. It will really put things into perspective.
This is the main reason for this blog post, I think we should all step back a bit and realize that life isn’t as hard as it seems, too often we tend to think that we have it hard in life.
I know things can go wrong.
You miss a green light and have to wait a little bit when you’re already running late.
You misplace your phone.
Your car breaks down.
They screw up your order at a restaurant.
They give you the wrong coffee.
The computer crashes and you lose your work…. I think you get my point.
At times people can think it’s the end of the world when these things occur. I understand that life can get pretty stressful, but these situations are nowhere near as bad as been put into a POW camp, or being stranded in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
Sometimes I even hear the odd person say they are worried about coming to the Thursday class because it’s the end of the week and they think the workout is going to be too hard for them!
I am always reminded of the time we were doing a hero WOD called “Murph”.
For those that don’t know what Murph is:
1 mile run
100 pull ups
200 push ups
1 mile run to finish
All done with a 20lb weighted vest on.
Halfway through it we were all suffering – or were we? My boss at the time was coaching the class and he turned the music down and yelled “are you all hurting yet? Imagine what it would be like if you’d been shot.”
That really did pick our intensity up. He was an ex-Navy Seal, so I can guarantee he has most likely seen a lot of bad stuff before. He turned the music back up again, but perhaps he shouldn’t have.
I have chatted about this theme before regarding a strong mindset when it comes to your training and your life.
“A moment of pain is worth a lifetime of glory.”
So true… We’re a lot tougher than what we think – we all just need to believe that and become more aware of it. I just wanted to share that with you all, I really hope it helps to motivate you throughout both your training and your lives in general.
Everyday you train will make you stronger.
By Matt Jones, InnerFight Performance Coach